Questions tagged [ethics]

On making a decision based on morals or common ethical codes instead of etiquette, rules, institutional or government policy, or technical or procedural reasons.

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Is it even useful to report cheating anymore?

I'm taking my 8th course since the Covid-19 shutdown of universities has forced everyone to come home. When looking up stuff, I have inevitably come across almost all the questions from psets, quizzes,...
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Posting commentary papers to preprint repositories

Short version: We noticed a problematic but influential preprint, wrote a commentary paper to criticize and rebut it, but were not able to post the comment to any public preprint repository. In this ...
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Is MDPI predatory for unethical conduct and for blacklisting? [closed]

I was approached to edit an issue of MDPI's Polymers. After some back and forth negotiation, I agreed with the proviso that the authors I invited would be spared any publication fees. My proposal was ...
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My former post-doc host failed to credit my work in a paper - what to do?

I was employed as a post-doctoral fellow at some institute, and left it a couple of years ago. When I left, it was on ok terms with my host (= person who invited me and arranged for funding for my ...
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can I publish (alone) papers which are a continuation of my PhD research (without my supervisior's name as a co-author)?

During my PhD, my supervisor wasn't very helpful. Now I have finished my PhD but I still have plenty of ideas (improvements) about my PhD topic that I can transform to papers and be published. these ...
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Choice between different PhD Positions

I would like to ask you about the correct behaviour when applying at different universities for different PhD positions. Currently, I won two PhD positions and a second shortlist for a third one. The ...
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Refering to the data of another study as a source of data for you work?

I was wondering if it's OK to use the data presented in the form of Tables in other publications and cite them as the source of data? Like doing new analyses on these data? Should we ask for ...
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Should I report an instance of nepotism - misconduct in favour of sexual partner? [closed]

It came to my awareness a case of nepotism in my academic network. It concerns a professor and a former female student of him. The professor and the student had relationship while she was conducting ...
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Am I morally obliged to report myself of a perceived violation of good academic practice? [closed]

I am the original poster from this question on a new account. I tried registering the account, but for some reason it made me have a fresh account with no rep and did not acknowledge my original post, ...
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Realizing possible academic misconduct after degree award

A few days ago, I was notified of my degree award, and my imposter syndrome kicked in - trying to see if I've done anything to not warrant earning it. I found myself looking through good academic ...
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How to convince co-authors it is unethical to include false research citations in “working paper” being submitted to a conference?

I'm third co-author on a paper that was re-submitted for publication after primary author redid data analyses when I discovered that our original data had been significantly flawed. A month or so ...
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Publication with missing lead author [closed]

I was a junior academic that was ousted by a HoD to take over my PhD students and collaboration projects. Previously when I was still in the department, I offered him to co-supervise one of my PhD ...
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Is it ok (ethically speaking) to rename features of a dataset for publishing?

I work in the machine learning field where I deal with datasets provided by an industrial partner, and one concern of the project is the confidentiality of the data. My team is working on a fault ...
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Is it ethical to use already existing material to complement teaching?

As background, I have a MSc in Chemical Engineering, and I am currently teaching in one of the first Fachhochschule-type institutes that have been established in my country. This institute stands as ...
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Is it reasonable to hold the grade of a student who has graduated? [closed]

My son took an Undergraduate Thesis course this year, and he could not submit his thesis at the end of the school year. Even he has graduated now, he cannot submit his thesis. His advisor insisted ...
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Is my authorship undeserved, and if so how do I address this in a professional setting?

I am a current undergraduate who has been involved in a research lab for the past 3 years. Not too long after joining, I was asked to be a co-author on a paper that was already written. My PI wanted ...
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Supervisor submitted without consent of co-author postdoc. Postdoc also submitted to another venue with consent of supervisor. Plagiarism problem?

My previous postdoc supervisor submitted our work to a conference venue in December last year. He was the first author in this submission while I was the second author. It got accepted in March 2020. ...
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My student: “As of now it is unknown, why…”. I have very recently found out why. Do I tell him?

I'm supervising an undergrad student. STEM, if that's relevant. Due to Corona, his contract ending and me leaving this job we haven't spoken in quite some time. He has now worked at home and has ...
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is it ethical for a supervisor to exert pressure on a student because he is doing a project with a company?

I am currently a first year master student. My supervisor is having a project with a car company and this work was mainly assigned to a Phd student in my lab who volunteered for it. During the work, ...
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The limits of self-plagiarism

I'm currently writing my second paper. Although the focus is completely different of my first paper, some aspects of the context are similar. I am perfectly aware that self-plagiarism needs to be ...
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Working unofficially and unpaid after internship got cancelled, should one give full commitment if not intending to continue as a researcher?

I am an undergraduate student who has signed up for a 4 months internship at a Canadian university with the Mitacs global intern program. The initial deal was to travel to the Canadian university ...
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Participants had to be rejected - where and how do I explain that in my paper?

I recruited N participants for an eye tracking study and had to reject the data of 3 participants because of bad recording quality or technical issues. Where should I report that the data for 3 of ...
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What should I do with the published paper if a section of paper is bad? [closed]

What should I do if the paper is misleading (say deliberately done due to lack of money to buy hardware resources like GPU or lack of time)? What if a section of the paper has misleading information ...
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Researching with someone as a stopgap

I am currently an undergrad student looking to research with one particular professor. On talking with his colleagues, it was suggested that I first get some research experience under my belt; the ...
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How do I tell my professor that I am volunteering with another project? Should I?

I am working on a project as an undergraduate researcher in Prof A's lab. At the end of the semester, one of my class professors, Prof B, proposed an idea for a project, so I and a few other ...
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How to deal with systematic rigging of academic position job postings?

In a discussion with some of my close friends in other academic institutes, we noticed the common experience* in which it seems that well over 80% of the advertised job postings for permanent or ...
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What do I do about my lab head misattributing my grant proposal?

The head of my lab and I wrote a grant proposal together. Last year we submitted it with me and them as chief investigators. This year I wasn't allowed to submit grants per the rules of my government ...
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Is It Legal To Prevent A Student or Alumni From Communicating With Their University or Alma Mater? [closed]

The details are in my post history, but my university sent me a cease and desist letter stating that I can only communicate with their Assistant General Counsel. For example, say I wanted to email a ...
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Getting proper credit for a paper: author order

I am a PhD student and I submitted a paper formally co-authored with my advisor months ago. The core idea of the paper is mine. During the first (major) revision, among other much needed, yet very ...
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Is it ethical to withdraw paper that received poor reviews in first phase of reviewing and resubmit it without significant revisions?

Many conferences in my field use two-phase reviewing: in the first phase, 2-3 reviewers review the paper; their reviews are made available to the authors; the authors are given a chance to respond; ...
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Ethically, do I need to include as coauthor a person who provided basic knowledge to fill a gap in my research?

Consider the following scenario. I am researching on a problem in a domain and I don't know anything about the existence of Pythagoras theorem. After so much time of my research I figured myself ...
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How to list exchange studies in CV?

Imagine you studied 6 semesters (fall 2017 to fall 2020) at a university and 1 semester (fall 2020 to spring 2021) at a second university in order to obtain your bachelors degree. Is it fine to list ...
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Is it ethical for professors to ask graduate students to teach? [closed]

Universities require a doctorate degree to apply for a faculty position which involves both teaching and research. Even if the professor did not receive any formal training in pedagogy, it is expected ...
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Is it valid to modify a student's exam grade if you feel they did not earn it?

I am a graduate student who teaches their own class. I have a supervisor who I report to for everything, including final grades. We have a meeting every semester at the end to review our final grades ...
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Ethicality of submitting a manuscript without a peer's name on it if they didn't contribute and you didn't pursue their edits?

I work at a very large institution with multidisciplinary faculty and staff, and I was acquainted with someone (we'll call him Dr. StackExchange) by a close friend of mine for a collaboration prospect,...
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Is it unethical to expect one's PhD students to work after graduation without compensation? Should graduates ask for compensation for work?

My thesis advisor expects me to 1) write the paper rebuttal and 2) finish any remaining experiments by coming in on the weekends, for free. I am now working full-time in industry, and no longer being ...
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Ethics approval for an independent project akin to a survey

The self-funded project being planned involves participants doing a variant of a Random Number Generation task, involving just typing "randomly" for a couple minutes on a computer program to study/...
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Is it standard to ask for an “equal contribution” footnote in a 60%-40% scenario?

I'm working on research that should be sent to publishing in the next couple of weeks. The research is done by me and a friend of mine; we are both under the same professor. This started as an attempt ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

I was recently accused of unfair grading by a student. The accusation is meritless, and it didn't take long to prove that I didn't do anything wrong. No damage, but a lot of time wasted. Later, I ...
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Can I accept an offer from a MS program, but continue applying to other schools?

I have accepted an offer to a MS program, but after further consideration, have decided I am unhappy with the program and the location of the school. Would there be consequences if I applied to more ...
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Everybody cheats, administration does not care, what to do?

Context: A friend of mine is ending their first year in a community college (in France, called IUT, 2-year diploma) near my school, and apparently the school administration is quite lenient about ...
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I did something I am not proud of, and was rightly accused of cheating by the instructor. What is next for me?

A throwaway account for this issue I need advice in. I am in an engineering course and had an online exam (thanks to COVID-19) with no form of protection for cheating, just an "open now, turn in ...
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Publishing Ethics: not listing Professor's name

I did summer research work with a Professor who is not my adviser. He gave me a big topic (big enough that doesn’t help you to navigate to a specific area) and but didn’t contribute much. Now after ...
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Some co-authors unresponsive when I asked for consent for submission to biorXiv

In short - wrote an article, sent the manuscript to all co-authors and asked for consent for submission and for feedback, if any. After most of the co-authors replied, I made some small tweaks to the ...
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Told my professor something in confidence

I am in a bit of a pickle here. I am in a course, and a student that I know quite well asked to collaborate with me on a project. I agreed. We started working on the project for 30 minutes, but I was ...
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Ethical implications of withdrawing a paper during the rebuttal phase and submitting it somewhere else

I have submitted a paper at a certain conference that has a rebuttal phase (authors are presented with initial reviews and can write a rebuttal, which will be used for the final decision). Based on ...
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Should prospective cheating be reported

Over the past 3 months due to Covid-19, many of my peers have pinged me during exams asking me for answers to questions. I, of course, turn them down (albeit after I'm done with the exam so even if I ...
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Course requiring students to use Examity

I am an undergrad student and one of my professors is saying that we will be using Examity for the final exam. I am concerned with downloading this software on my computer for various reasons, ...
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Potential ethical concerns on advisor's advice on publication venues

I can't be sure, but my instinct tells me that I am about to step in a minefield. I want to seek your advice on how to handle the situation. Here is the brief story: The background: my PhD thesis is ...
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How do I mitigate my group project members plagiarizing off me and taking advantage of me?

In a Statistics related class, Whenever I do a group project, my group members don't know how to do anything as much as I do, and if it's a big group such a 5 person group, one person may help me ...

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